My Non Scale Victories

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I have been on this "Get Healthy, Stay Healthy" kick since January 1st this year. At first I just made small changes and tracked my food on My Fitness Pal (I've logged in EVERY day since January 1st!!!), worked out at the Y and 13 pounds came off fairly easily. But lately I've been ramping things up and the scale isn't moving AT. ALL. I've been frustrated and wanted to give up. But honestly giving up isn't really an option because I do feel healthier and I like living like this, even though I can't seem to budge the scale! I DO understand that being healthy is so much more than a number...however there comes a point where you would like that number to catch up! ;)

This weekend I had a few moments that would not have been possible if I didn't make the small changes I have made this year and they have very little to do with the number I see on the scale.

#1 I had my best personal time at a 5K race. For some, 41 minutes and 59 seconds is nothing to write home about....but for me I'm thrilled!!! I am IMPROVING! Not quickly and I'm not to my goal of 30 minutes...but I'm improving. And there were moments that I pushed myself harder than I thought was possible! It was a total win and didn't matter if I was 400 lbs or 120...I got it done!

#2. I went on the swings with my kids. I don't remember the last time I actually swung on a swingset. I've sat down for a minute, but my butt just did NOT fit, I felt like my circulation was being cut off and I was SURE I would break it. Today, my butt fit!!!! Today I pumped my legs back and forth to show my son how it's done! That was better than seeing a lower number on the scale!

Since I've been a big girl all my life, I have gotten used to assuming I can't do things.

I have said a little prayer as I buckled my seatbelt on the plane, hoping that it fits.
I have breathed a silent sigh of relief when I fit in the seat on the ride at Disneyland.
I have feared they have a scale in the floor at the waterslide park and they knew how dangerously close I am to the weight limit.
I have walked in countless adorable little shops, knowing the only thing that will fit me is a scarf, earring or pair of shoes.

I have become so used to this being my norm...that I don't question it. But as I'm changing for the better...I'm having to challenge some of these norms and hopefully soon they aren't even on my radar!

If you are like me and frustrated that the scale is not showing off your hard work...go challenge some of your norms! I bet you will be pleasantly surprised!!!

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